Combined, our management team has nearly a century of experience in fine dining.
Alan Teran, Owner
“The restaurant business is always changing; that’s what makes it challenging and interesting.”
A long-time Boulder resident, Alan has owned the Boulder Cork since 1981. He credits his highly experienced team and their ability to work together as a large reason for the Cork’s continued success throughout the years. With a trusted team in place, Alan is able to pursue one of his biggest passions: travel. By visiting restaurants both nationally and internationally every year, Alan is able to learn from and adapt the ideas of others in order to make the Cork better. “It’s important to understand who you are; you find your niche and you do it well,” Alan says. Alan has always enjoyed working in the full-service restaurant atmosphere and loves to use his experience and travel to continually improve the Cork. He feels the constantly changing restaurant industry forces him and his team to stay on their toes, always looking to improve, and that’s what he loves so much about the restaurant business.
Donna Karmeris, Manager
“The team here is like a family.”
Donna has been a part of the Cork team for more than 30 years. She began as a hostess after working in several other restaurants. Despite planning on staying in Boulder for only a year or so, she fell in love with the area and has lived here ever since. Donna enjoys the family-like atmosphere among the team at the Cork, and her flexible hours let her pursue her many hobbies, including lake kayaking, tennis, gardening, hiking and just spending time outside in general.
Caitlin Cocco, Assistant Manager
“I love watching multiple generations of Boulder families and friends come here to celebrate special occasions. Amazing memories are made here every day.”
Caitlin joined the Cork in 2012 but has been working in the restaurant business her whole life. Raised in a family of restaurant and hotel managers, Caitlin’s passion for great food and service is in her DNA.
Caitlin loves the family atmosphere and synergy of the Cork team, and with long-time employees and customers who become like family, it often doesn’t feel like a job.
As a Vermont native, Caitlin is passionate about supporting local farmers and small businesses and loves the Cork’s farm-to-table philosophy. As the Cork’s wine buyer, she loves being able to offer customers remarkable wines from across the globe, enjoys interacting with sales reps and wine makers, and hosting staff tastings each week.
When not at the Cork, Caitlin loves entertaining friends and family, trying out new recipes with her husband, a local chef, and raising their two young daughters.
Kate Gill, Assistant Manager
“What makes the Cork unique is our consistency. It’s the service we provide and the delicious food that is always great.”
Originally from Maryland, Kate Gill has worked in the service industry since high school. In college she caught the travel bug and studied abroad in France and then Prague. She and her husband have lived in places as diverse as Taiwan and the Virgin Islands before following a friend to Boulder in 2012. Kate is glad her roaming soul led her to our fair city, and to her job at the Cork, where she started as a server and worked her way up the ladder. When she’s not managing, she loves going on hikes with her two pups, Bo and Hendrix, especially at local highlights like Sugarloaf Mountain and Eldorado Canyon. She also has four chickens that she spoils with Cork kitchen scraps.
Tina Lynch, Assistant Manager
“Our restaurant is iconic, our kitchen is top-notch and our leadership is truly second to none. I’ve never worked for a better employer.”
Tina started working at the Cork in 2005, and though she only planned to work there while her son Cooper was little, she quickly realized that the Cork was more than a job — it was a family.
Tina is a fifth generation Boulder native and grew up on a 160-acre beef and buffalo ranch. Her ancestors, who immigrated to Colorado from France in 1878, even participated in cattle drives down Broadway, moving the cows from summer to winter pasture and back again.
Now the owner of a small acreage farm in Brighton with show cattle and rodeo horses, Tina has degrees in nursing and equine science and works as an equine appraiser on the side. She also loves gardening and enjoys helping Chef Jim tend the garden at the back of the restaurant.
Tina and her parents have been dining at the Cork since 1969, when it was still called The Cork and Cleaver. Her favorite Cork dishes? The prime rib and the sake salmon.